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lining a skirt

neenie | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hi!  I am returning to sewing after a hiatus of about 8 years in which I did minimal sewing.  I am not advanced but I would say I was a good seamstress.  I am making a simple A-line skirt for my daughter-in-law.  I’ve purchased the fabric – a lightweight suiting fabric which I think needs to be lined – especially since when I was getting the fabric cut the woman asked me what I was going to line it with.  I think I should make the skirt out of lining and then make the skirt and put it all together at the waistband.  Would that be a correct method?  Any and all opinions would be welcome.  I am a recent subscriber to Threads and this is my first venture into a computer discussion or bulletinboard of any kind.




  1. mem | | #1

    Welcome . Yes thats right. Insert the zip into the shell fabric and then slip stitch the lining to the zip making sure there is plenty of clearance for the zip teeth.

    1. neenie | | #2

      Thanks!  I'll be off to get the lining today!

  2. Teaf5 | | #3

    When you purchase the lining, you might want to find the anti-static type, which can really help guard against clinginess. It's a good idea to hang the skirt and lining overnight before marking the hems; make the lining just long enough to barely cover the hemstitching on the finished skirt so that it doesn't peek out when the wearer sits down.

    Sometimes, I do a skirt lining with the finished side outward so that if the lining does happen to show beneath the fashion fabric, it looks nice and neat.

    1. neenie | | #4

      Thank you so much.  Those are great ideas.  I think I'll try them.  They seem to make so much sense..........like why didn't I think of that.

      1. Teaf5 | | #5

        Maybe you didn't think of them because you haven't attended so many boring staff meetings in which you have to occupy yourself, as I do, by closely examining my skirt hems!

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